Hi everyone! Welcome to another episode of the Spiritual Alien Podcast.

So, to continue this series to help you Get Your Shit Together, this episode is about organizing yourself by putting things in order by turning your thoughts into a useful list. Having a list is a great way to keep track of what you have to do and to remind yourself of the many things you have to do.

If you’re like me, you probably take mental notes on everything you have to do right now, tomorrow or during the entire week. On the other hand, if you’re like me, your forgetful ass doesn’t remember half of it. ADHD and procrastination have entered the chat.

So, how do you keep things in order so that you know what to do and when you have to do it? By creating lists of course! Tonight I want you to whip out your phone or notepad with pen or pencil and take some notes with me.

By creating lists, not only will they help you stay organized, they will help you in giving you an overall look of the tasks that need to be done so you can mentally prepare to charge ahead. Having a list doesn’t have to be boring as you can organize the tasks by topics and in the order of your preference.

Utilizing lists can also keep you accountable so that you do the thing or things you’re avoiding to do, eventually you’ll have to do them and the list will be there to remind you of it. Like me when I have to workout but I skip a day, unless it was necessary to skip a day due to other tasks that got on the way I do my best to not skip a workout day, especially if it’s out of laziness. However, you have the freedom to organize your tasks in the order that you desire, so you can take care of the less pleasant tasks first and reward yourself with the easier tasks for last!

Creating lists does not have to be boring or limited to grocery shopping or Christmas gifts, lists are useful for anything and everything in your life that you need a bit more structure with. Not only that, but when you achieve something from that list, it can feel great to check it off and mark it as completed. Following a list does not mean that you’re restricted to only what’s in that list or that you’re supposed to follow everything in that list down to a T, their purpose is simply to help you organize yourself so that you can get things done.

With that said, tonight I will share with you 5 types of lists that you can benefit from so you can organize your life and get your shit together.

  • Work or Study List

So you are a student, or employee, this is your base, but what does this base consist of? What, exactly, are your responsibilities? What tools do you need? Make a list of the things you need to bring with you in order to either study or work. It can be as small as having a briefcase or a purse that has a pouch with a pen, a pencil, an eraser, a notebook, laptop or tablet, your home and car keys, every small thing should be included in your list as well. By having a list of the things you need to do your job, not only will you have a wider view of the tasks you do and what tools help you to achieve that, but this list will also serve as a reminder to make you check if you really have everything with you or if you have forgotten something. If you are a forgetful flower like me — and yes, that was a pun for forget-me-nots — you will find it helpful to have this reminder with you.

  • Work or Study List

So you are a student, or employee, this is your base, but what does this base consist of? What, exactly, are your responsibilities? What tools do you need? Make a list of the things you need to bring with you in order to either study or work. It can be as small as having a briefcase or a purse that has a pouch with a pen, a pencil, an eraser, a notebook, laptop or tablet, your home and car keys, every small thing should be included in your list as well. By having a list of the things you need to do your job, not only will you have a wider view of the tasks you do and what tools help you to achieve that, but this list will also serve as a reminder to make you check if you really have everything with you or if you have forgotten something. If you are a forgetful flower like me — and yes, that was a pun for forget-me-nots — you will find it helpful to have this reminder with you.

  • Cleaning or Decluttering List

Is someone coming over? Has the laundry piled up? Is it only the kitchen area you need to take care of? Do you need to get rid of old clothes that are taking up space in your closet? Maybe the entire home needs to be cleaned or decluttered? Categorize this list based on a specific theme, because by narrowing it down you will be more focused and it won’t be as overwhelming to tackle. You can also make a giant list with sub sections where each one has a specific theme or area of focus within that giant list, if you prefer. I am a sucker for lists within lists as well as starting small and eventually going bigger, like a penis.

  • Travel or Packing List

Whether you are leaving somewhere or returning home, make sure you have a list with all the things you need to pack in your travel bag or luggage set that you will bring along with you, this list will be a reminder of what you need to bring back with you as well. Most people lose things when they travel, so by making a list of your belongings that you will bring with you and having that list as a reminder to check out the different corners of your hotel room to make sure you have everything with you before you leave, will help to minimize the risk of losing your passport, an iPad, a charger, a gift from a loved one or souvenirs and purchases you have made over your destination.

  • Routine or Planning Ahead List

We all have a routine, even if you do random, unplanned things each day you eventually return to your cozy corner. But how do you start your day? And how do you end your day? These parts usually never change, so make a list of how your morning and nighttime routines look like. Believe it or not, checking off the small things always brings me a sense of completion even if I didn’t do much during the day, whether it was because I had the day off or because I couldn’t do much due to unexpected things that got in the way. It’s alright if things didn’t go to plan, so don’t beat yourself up. A list is meant to help you get organized, not restricted. Likewise when you make a planning ahead list of what you want to do tomorrow or next week or next month, it’s only a preview not a fact. Planning ahead helps you to stay organized and get your shit together before a certain timeframe so that you are not stressed out over running out of time.

  • Weekly or Monthly Review

Maybe you had your parents, one parent or other person who raised you use a board in the kitchen or elsewhere around the home where they would list the school schedule, work schedule and other activities for the week ahead, to keep everyone organized and aware of what to do and when. By the end of the week, everyone would review everything that was done that week and if there were some things missing, they would add it to the new week or the new month ahead. This is very similar. If you decide to do any of the previous 4 lists, it’s a good idea to revisit that list or those several lists once the week or month is done and revise what you were able to do and what you weren’t able to do. You can then decide if you should move it to the new week or month, or scratch it if it’s no longer a priority because it wasn’t urgent. Some things become irrelevant with time and it’s ok to discard them. This is a good time to contemplate on your achievements and adjust some things before jumping to pre-planning mode for the new day, week or month ahead.

Let me know if you whip out a list by commenting on my Spiritual Alien graphics across social media with the title of this episode, I would love to see you organize yourself! Better yet, share a picture of your bullet journal, tablet or board and tag me so I can see it!

Don’t forget, that as always, at the end of the series you will receive your FREE e-Book checklist and guidebook which you can download and receive my occasional emails once in a blue moon.

So, that concludes the purpose of this episode, I wanted to thank you so much for joining me in The Spiritual Alien podcast, make sure you follow me on Facebook @ TheSpiritualAlien and on Instagram @ zionzeta.

Take care and I’ll speak to you soon!

This is Zion Zeta, always at your service!

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